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Weather Extremes of the West

by Tye W. Parzybok

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A rare and deadly twister rips through parts of Oregon and Washington. Haboobs strip paint off cars in Arizona. A dramatic two-hour temperature gyration -- from -4 F to 54 F and then back to -4 F -- breaks plate-glass windows in Spearfish, South Dakota. Most of the wildness of the western frontier may have gone the way of the buffalo, but weather, as meteorologist Tye Parzybok illustrates in Weather Extremes of the West, is still a wild beast. This 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" paperback has 282 pages with tons of color photographs and illustrations. See table of contents below.

Weather Extremes of the West
Table of Contents

Introduction
1
    Introduction to Climate
2
    Introduction to Weather
7
    Climate and Weather in the West
12
    How to Use This Book
15
1. The Pacific Northwest's Coast, Western Valleys, and Mountains
19
    The West Coast's Deadliest Twister: Washington and Oregon
20
    It Rains All the Time: Seattle
22
    The Blue Hole
25
    The Columbus Day Storm
27
    Thermal Low: Willamette Valley
32
    The Pineapple Express and the Flood of '96
34
    The Brookings Effect: Oregon
37
    Coho Winds and Silver Thaw: Columbia River Gorge
40
2. The Cascades
45
    Rain-on-Snow Events: Great Pacific-Northwest Floods
47
    Ninety-Three Feet of Snow: Mount Baker
51
    The Wellington Avalanche: Stevens Pass, Washington
56
    Extraordinary Precipitation Gradient: North-Central Oregon
58
3. The Pacific Northwest's Inland Empire and High Deserts
61
    Dust Devils: Eastern Washington
63
    The Heppner Disaster: Oregon
64
    Oregon and Washington Hot Spots
67
    Oregon's Icebox: Seneca
67
    The Inland Northwest's Worst Winter Storm: Spokane
70
4. California's Coast, Western Valleys, and Southern Mountains
73
    The Fog Belt: San Francisco
75
    El Nino Storms
78
    Santa Ana, Diablo, and the Catalina Eddy: California Winds
83
    Intense Precipitation: San Gabriel Mountains
90
5. The Sierra Nevada
93
    Dangerous Snowstorms
94
    The Washoe Zephyr: Nevada
98
6. Desert Southwest
99
    The Nation's Hottest Spots: Death Valley and Yuma
101
    Daily Temperature Extremes: Arizona and California
107
    Extreme Evaporation: Mojave Desert
109
    Southwest Monsoon
113
    Hurricane Alley of the West
116
    Horrible Haboobs: Arizona
120
    Desert Snowstorms
123
    Lightning Capital of the West and Lightning-Ignited Forest Fires
127
7. Snake River Plain and Great Basin
135
    Sloshers and Northern Invasions
136
    Winds of the Desert and Wasatch Canyons: Utah
138
    Great Basin High and Inversions
142
    State of Extremes: Nevada
146
8. Northern Rocky Mountains
149
    Rime Ice
151
    Coldest Place in the Lower Forty-Eight: Rogers Pass, Montana
153
    Precipitation Extremes: Montana
154
    The Teton-Yellowstone Tornado
157
9. Central Rocky Mountains
161
    Champagne Powder and World-Record Snow Intensity: Colorado
167
    Not Quite the Icebox of the Nation: Fraser, Colorado
167
    Lake Effect Snow: The Great Salt Lake
169
10. Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains
175
    Where Has All the Snow Gone? San Francisco Peaks, Arizona
176
    New Mexico Snow: Sandia Crest
178
    In a Flash! The Canyonlands
182
    The Albuquerque Box Effect
185
11. Southern Great Plains and Adjacent Foothills
189
    Thunderstorm Alley of the West
191
    Colorado Low
195
    Black Blizzards
200
    Blue Northers: Texas Panhandle
203
    The Marfa Dryline: Western Texas
206
    Heat Bursts: Oklahoma
209
    Tornado Alley
211
12. Rocky Mountain Front and Adjacent Foothills
219
    The Denver Cyclone
220
    Deadly Downbursts: Denver, Colorado
223
    Snow Eater: Boulder, Colorado
226
    Front Range Flash Floods
231
    Temperature Roller Coaster: Montana
237
    Back Door Cold Fronts
239
13. Northern Great Plains
243
    Deep Freezer
244
    Temperature Flip-Flops: South Dakota
245
    Rapid City One-Hundred-Year Flood
248
    Hail Alley
252
    Blizzards
258
References
262
Glossary
266
Index
272